Swansea City have had a loan offer for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson rejected and Derby County are now favourites to land the winger.
The Welsh international is available for a move this window and The Athletic reporter Stuart James has revealed that the Swans have had a loan offer for the 23-year-old turned down, claiming that it’s financially a ‘non-starter’. As a result, he adds that Derby have moved to the front of the queue to sign Wilson as they look to strengthen Phillip Cocu’s squad ahead of Friday’s 5pm deadline.
There had been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Wilson all summer but a failure to secure a move away from Anfield prior to the international deadline meant the player would need to drop to the Championship if he wanted regular minutes before January.
Telegraph reporter John Percy explained how Nottingham Forest and Cardiff were rivalling the two clubs for Wilson as well but it appears as though the Swans made the first move.
With Swansea struggling to reach an agreement with Liverpool, it will now be down to Derby to try and seal a deal for their former loan star, although the Premier League champions are thought to be demanding a ‘substantial’ fee for a temporary switch.
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This is good news for Derby as Wilson is a class act – as they know more than most. So, if they could finalise a deal for the wide man it would be a real coup.
As the reporter states, it’s no surprise that Liverpool want a significant fee for the player and it’s ultimately down to any interested clubs to match that number if they want him.
Now, it’s over to Derby, or any other interested club, and it will be very interesting to see where Wilson ends up by Friday evening. Whoever does win the race will be getting a quality, proven player at this level.
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